U.S. targets Chinese, Russia entities for helping North Korea

Posted August 25, 2017

They will also exchange views on finding a solution to North Korea's nuclear development and provocations, ministry officials said.

Military tensions between the USA and North Korea increased after President Donald Trump promised "fire and fury" in response to President Kim Jong-un's threats to fire missiles at Guam, a USA possession in the western Pacific.

The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control named sanctions against China-based Dandong Rich Earth Trading Co., Gefest-M and Mingzheng International Trading - noting in a statement that each company has provided financial services and delivery of material for use in building nuclear and ballistic missiles.

US targets Chinese, Russian entities funding North Korea's nukes

The US Treasury designated six Chinese-owned entities, one Russian, one North Korean and two based in Singapore. The sanctions also blacklisted six individuals, including for from Russian Federation, one from China, and one individual in the DPRK.

The sanctions will effectively block their targets from accessing much of the global financial system, as well as freezing any United States assets.

OFAC designated parties in China, Russia, Hong Kong, Namibia, and Singapore as Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) for the following activities: (1) assisting already-designated persons who support North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, (2) dealing in the North Korean energy trade, (3) facilitating exportation of workers, and (4) enabling sanctioned North Korean entities to access the USA and global financial systems.

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The sanctions target restrict dealings with Russian banks and energy companies.

A new round of USA sanctions had been expected, but Washington appeared to delay them while securing Chinese and Russian support for tougher United Nations steps.

Other entities were sanctioned for buying North Korean resources such as coal, which provides the outlaw regime in Pyongyang income to invest in its weapons programs.

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Washington's decision to impose sanctions follows a unanimous vote earlier this month by the UN Security Council, supported by both Russian Federation and China, to impose additional sanctions on North Korea.

The sanctions also hit those who help individuals previously penalized for involvement in North Korea's weapons program and assist the country in sending workers overseas.

"The fact that they've not yet moved forward with any big bank effort suggests to me that they're quite nervous about the risks of blow-back and reasonably so", he added.

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